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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Hurt Park Elementary School went on lockdown Monday after two bullet holes were discovered in a door, and today additional security is in place at all Roanoke elementary schools.
Scott Leamon, Roanoke Police Department spokesman, said a police officer will be at each Roanoke elementary school beginning today and continuing through the week out of an abundance of caution.
Officers are typically at elementary schools each day, but not every single school.
According to information from the school system, two bullet holes were discovered in the glass portion of the door of an unoccupied preschool classroom about 11:30 a.m. and the school was placed on lockdown.
Hurt Park Principal Theresa Kabath placed an automated phone call to parents alerting them to the situation. In the call, Kabath said officials did not know what type of weapon was used to make the holes and that police were investigating. She also said children were safe.
Leamon said police set up a “safety perimeter” at the school Monday morning as a precaution and to try to identify witnesses. He said a there was also a “visible presence” at the school throughout the afternoon.
Leamon said Roanoke officers will be at 11 elementary schools today and the sheriff’s office will be at six schools. School resource officers already staff middle and high schools each day, he said.
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